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Quinnipiac University. June 24-30, 2014. N=1,446 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.6.

             

"Do you support or oppose stricter gun control laws in the United States?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/24-30/14

50 47 3    
 

9/23-29/13

54 41 5    
 

3/26 - 4/1/13

53 42 4    
 

2/27 - 3/4/13

51 42 7    
 

1/30 - 2/4/13

52 43 5    
 

7/8-13/08

54 40 5    
             

"Do you support or oppose requiring background checks for all gun buyers?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/24-30/14

92 7 1    
 

Republicans

86 11 3    
 

Democrats

98 2 1    
 

Independents

92 7 1    
 
 

9/23-29/13

89 9 1    
 

Republicans

82 17 1    
 

Democrats

95 4 2    
 

Independents

89 10 -    
 
 

3/26 - 4/1/13

91 8 1    
 

2/27 - 3/4/13

88 10 2    
 

1/30 - 2/4/13

92 7 1    
             

"Do you support or oppose laws to prevent people with mental illness from purchasing guns?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/24-30/14

89 9 2    
 

9/23-29/13

88 9 3    

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Feb. 19-23, 2014. N=1,644 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"In general, do you think laws covering the sale of guns should be made more strict, less strict, or kept as they are now?"
6/13 & earlier: "In general, do you think gun control laws should be made more strict, less strict, or kept as they are now?"

 
    More
strict
Less
strict
Kept as
they are
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

2/19-23/14

54 9 36 1  
 

Republicans

33 15 51 1  
 

Democrats

77 3 19 1  
 

Independents

49 10 39 1  
 
 

12/4-8/13

49 12 36 3  
 

Republicans

25 17 55 3  
 

Democrats

70 7 20 3  
 

Independents

47 12 37 4  
 
 

5/31 - 6/4/13

51 11 36 2  
 

Republicans

30 22 47 2  
 

Democrats

78 2 18 1  
 

Independents

46 12 41 2  
 
 

4/24-28/13

54 10 33 3  
 

Republicans

35 13 51 2  
 

Democrats

81 5 14 0  
 

Independents

46 12 37 4  
 
 

3/20-24/13

47 11 39 3  
 

Republicans

29 16 52 3  
 

Democrats

66 2 30 2  
 

Independents

43 15 39 3  
 
 

2/6-10/13

53 10 34 3  
 

Republicans

25 13 60 2  
 

Democrats

78 3 15 3  
 

Independents

48 15 33 4  
 
 

1/11-15/13

54 9 34 3  
 

12/14-16/12

57 9 30 4  
 

4/12

39 13 41 6  

 

CBS News Poll. Dec. 4-8, 2013. N=1,015 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you favor or oppose a federal law requiring background checks on all potential gun buyers?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

12/4-8/13

85 12 3    
 

Republicans

84 13 3    
 

Democrats

92 6 2    
 

Independents

81 15 3    
 

Gun-owners

84 14 2    
             
 

4/24-28/13

88 11 2    
 

Republicans

86 14 0    
 

Democrats

95 4 1    
 

Independents

83 14 3    
             
 

3/20-24/13

90 8 2    
 

Republicans

86 12 2    
 

Democrats

96 3 1    
 

Independents

89 10 2    
             
 

2/6-10/13

91 7 2    
 

Republicans

89 9 2    
 

Democrats

94 5 2    
 

Independents

90 8 2    
             
 

1/11-15/13

92 7 1    
             

"How much do you think stricter gun laws would do to help prevent gun violence? Would stricter laws help a lot, some, not much, or not at all?"

 
    A lot Some Not much Not at all Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

12/4-8/13

27 29 18 25 2
 

2/6-10/13

21 33 19 26 2
 

1/11-15/13

23 30 17 29 1
             

"How much do you think better mental health screening and treatment would do to help prevent gun violence? Would better mental health screening and treatment help a lot, some, not much, or not at all?"

 
    A lot Some Not much Not at all Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

12/4-8/13

44 33 13 8 2
 

2/6-10/13

46 35 9 8 2
 

1/11-15/13

44 38 10 7 1

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Dec. 4-8, 2013. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"In general, do you feel that the laws covering the sale of firearms should be made more strict, less strict, or kept as they are now?"

 
    More strict Less strict Kept as
they are
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

12/4-8/13

52 8 38 2  
 

4/5-8/13

55 9 34 2  
 

2/21-24/13

61 4 34 1  
 

1/12-15/13

56 7 35 2  
 

1/13-17/11

52 10 37 1  

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Nov. 18-20, 2013. N=843 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Do you favor or oppose stricter gun control laws?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

11/18-20/13

49 50 1    
 

Men

39 61 1    
 

Women

60 39 1    
 

Democrats

71 29 -    
 

Independents

43 56 1    
 

Republicans

34 65 1    
 
 

4/5-7/13

53 45 2    
 

1/14-15/13

55 44 1    

 

Gallup Poll. Oct. 3-6, 2013. N=1,028 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"In general, do you feel that the laws covering the sale of firearms should be made more strict, less strict, or kept as they are now?"

 
    More
strict
Less
strict
Kept as
now
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

10/3-6/13

49 13 37 1  
 

9/17-18/13

49 13 37 2  
 

12/19-22/12

58 6 34 2  
 

10/6-9/11

43 11 44 2  
 

10/7-10/10

44 12 42 2  
 

10/1-4/09

44 12 43 1  
 

10/3-5/08

49 8 41 2  
 

10/4-7/07

51 8 39 2  
 

10/9-12/06

56 9 33 2  
 

10/13-16/05

57 7 35 1  
 

10/11-14/04

54 11 34 1  
 

1/9-11/04

60 6 34 -  
 

10/6-8/03

55 9 36 -  
 

10/14-17/02

51 11 36 2  
 

10/11-14/01

53 8 38 1  
 

5/5-7/00

62 5 31 2  
 

4/7-9/00

61 7 30 2  
             

"Do you think there should or should not be a law that would ban the possession of handguns, except by the police and other authorized persons?"

 
    Should be Should
not be
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

10/3-6/13

25 74 2    
 

12/19-22/12

24 74 2    
 

10/6-9/11

26 73 1    
 

10/7-10/10

29 69 1    
 

10/1-4/09

28 71 1    
 

10/3-5/08

29 69 2    
 

10/4-7/07

30 68 2    
 

10/9-12/06

32 66 2    
 

10/13-16/05

35 64 1    
 

10/11-14/04

36 63 1    
 

10/6-8/03

32 67 1    
 

10/14-17/02

32 65 3    
 

8/29 - 9/5/00

36 62 2    

 

Quinnipiac University. Sept. 23-29, 2013. N=1,497 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.5.

             

"Do you support or oppose stricter gun control laws in the United States?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/23-29/13

54 41 5    
 
 

3/26 - 4/1/13

53 42 4    
 

Republicans

29 67 4    
 

Democrats

78 19 3    
 

Independents

52 44 5    
 

Men

45 51 4    
 

Women

61 35 5    
 
 

2/27 - 3/4/13

51 42 7    
 

Republicans

24 68 8    
 

Democrats

79 17 4    
 

Independents

46 48 6    
             

"Do you think stricter gun control laws could have prevented the mass killing at the Washington Navy Yard or not?"

 
    Could
have
prevented
Could
not have
prevented
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/23-29/13

32 61 7    
             

"As you may know, Starbucks is asking customers to not bring guns into its stores. Do you think that is a good idea or a bad idea?"

 
    Good idea Bad idea Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/23-29/13

66 23 11    

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. May 31-June 4, 2013. N=1,022 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Regardless of how you feel about the issue, how likely do you think it is that the President and Congress will pass any laws that will bring about significant changes to gun policy by the end of this year: very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not at all likely?"

 
    Very
likely
Somewhat
likely
Not very
likely
Not at all
likely
Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

5/31 - 6/4/13

14 27 30 26 2
             

"In April, a bill that would have expanded background checks on gun purchases did not receive enough votes in the U.S. Senate to pass. If it comes up for another vote, do you think Congress should pass a bill that expands background checks for gun purchases, or not?"

 
    Should
pass
Should not
pass
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

5/31 - 6/4/13

69 28 3    
 

Republicans

58 40 2    
 

Democrats

86 12 1    
 

Independents

63 33 4    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. May 16-19, 2013. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"As you may know, the Senate recently rejected a proposal to require background checks on people buying guns at gun shows and online. Do you think the Senate did the right thing or the wrong thing in rejecting expanded background checks?"

 
    Right
thing
Wrong
thing
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/16-19/13

29 67 4    
             

"Do you think the National Rifle Association has too much influence, too little influence, or the right amount of influence over gun control laws in this country?"

 
    Too much Too little Right
amount
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/16-19/13

44 18 32 6  
 

1/10-13/13

38 24 30 8  
 

3/30 - 4/2/00

44 18 32 6  
 

8/30 - 9/2/99

47 17 31 5  

 

Pew Research Center. May 1-5, 2013. N=1,504 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.9.

             

"What do you think is more important -- to protect the right of Americans to own guns, or to control gun ownership?"

 
    Protect
right to
own guns
Control
ownership
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

5/1-5/13

48 50 2    
 

2/13-18/13

46 50 4    
 

1/9-13/13

45 51 5    
 

12/17-19/12

42 49 9    
 

7/26-29/12

46 47 6    
 

4/4-15/12

49 45 6    
 

9/22 - 10/4/11

47 49 5    
 

2/22 - 3/1/11

48 47 6    
 

1/13-16/11

49 46 6    
             

"In your opinion, how likely is it that the president and Congress will pass significant new gun control laws this year: very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not at all likely?"

 
    Very
likely
Somewhat
likely
Not too
likely
Not at all
likely
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

5/1-5/13

15 27 32 24 2
             

"Please tell me if you would favor or oppose the following proposals about gun policy. First, [see below]?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 
 

"Making private gun sales and sales at gun shows subject to background checks"

 

5/1-5/13

81 17 3    
 

2/13-18/13

83 15 2    
 

1/9-13/13

85 12 3    
             
 

"A ban on assault-style weapons"

 

5/1-5/13

54 42 4    
 

2/13-18/13

56 41 3    
 

1/9-13/13

55 40 5    
             
 

"More teachers and school officials having guns in schools" N=740 (Form 1)

 

5/1-5/13

34 63 3    
 

1/9-13/13

40 57 3    
             
 

"Creating a federal government database to track all gun sales" N=764 (Form 2)

 

5/1-5/13

66 31 3    
 

1/9-13/13

67 30 3    
 

"How much, if at all, would the passage of stricter gun laws affect you personally: a great deal, somewhat, not too much, or not at all?"

 
    A great
deal
Somewhat Not too
much
Not
at all
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

5/1-5/13

20 22 19 37 2
             

"Do you think the National Rifle Association has too much influence, too little influence or the right amount of influence over gun control laws in this country?"

 
    Too much Too little Right
amount
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

5/1-5/13

39 18 35 9  
             

"As you may know, a few weeks ago a bill that would have expanded background checks on gun purchases did not receive enough votes in the Senate to pass. The bill's sponsors plan to ask for another vote on this bill in the next few months. Do you think Congress should pass this background check bill into law, or not?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

5/1-5/13

73 20 6    

 

Quinnipiac University. April 25-29, 2013. N=1,471 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.6.

             

"Would you support or oppose a law requiring background checks on people buying guns at gun shows or online?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/25-29/13

83 13 3    
             

"As you may know, the Senate rejected a proposal to require background checks on people buying guns at gun shows or online. Which of the following best describes how you feel about the Senate rejecting this proposal: enthusiastic, satisfied, dissatisfied or angry?

 
    Enthusiastic Satisfied Dissatisfied Angry Unsure
    % % % % %
 

4/25-29/13

5 21 38 33 3
             

"Do you think President Obama should continue to pursue a law that would require background checks on people buying guns at gun shows or online, or should he move on to other issues, or should he do both?"

 
    Pursue
a law
Move on to
other issues
Do both Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/25-29/13

17 30 51 1  

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. April 24-28, 2013. N=965 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Who do you trust more to make the right decisions about gun laws: the Republicans in Congress or Barack Obama?"

 
    Republicans
in Congress
Obama Both (vol.) Neither
(vol.)
Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

4/24-28/13

44 41 2 8 6
 

1/11-15/13

39 47 3 7 5
             

"Do you favor or oppose a nationwide ban on semi-automatic weapons -- including some rifles, pistols, and shotguns -- that have detachable magazines, allowing them to rapidly fire a high number of rounds?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

4/24-28/13

50 47 3    
 

Republicans

41 56 2    
 

Democrats

65 32 3    
 

Independents

44 52 4    
 
 

3/20-24/13

49 49 3    
 

Republicans

36 61 3    
 

Democrats

65 33 2    
 

Independents

43 54 4    
 
 

2/6-10/13

52 44 5    
 

Republicans

28 67 5    
 

Democrats

72 25 4    
 

Independents

49 46 5    
 
 

1/11-15/13

53 44 4    
             

"Is your opinion of the National Rifle Association favorable, not favorable, undecided, or haven't you heard enough about the National Rifle Association yet to have an opinion?"

 
    Favorable Not
favorable
Undecided Haven't
heard
enough
Don't know/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

4/24-28/13

34 26 16 21 3
 

1/11-15/13

38 29 14 17 2
             

"Is it possible you would ever vote for a candidate who does not share your views on gun policy, or is this issue so important that you could not vote for a candidate who disagrees with you?"

 
    Possible
would
vote for
Could not
vote for
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

4/24-28/13

41 47 7 5  
             

"As you may know, the Senate recently voted AGAINST several measures that would have made the laws covering gun sales more strict. Which word best describes how you feel about that: enthusiastic, satisfied but not enthusiastic, disappointed but not angry, or angry?"

 
    Enthusiastic Satisfied, not
enthusiastic
Disappointed,
not angry
Angry Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

4/24-28/13

9 27 40 19 5

 

Fox News Poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). April 20-22, 2013. N=1,009 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Which is more important: protecting the constitutional right of citizens to own guns or protecting citizens from gun violence?" Options rotated

 
    Protecting
right to
own guns
Protecting
citizens
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/20-22/13

53 42 5    
 

1/15-17/13

51 40 9    
             

"Do you favor or oppose expanding background checks on gun buyers?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/20-22/13

82 17 1    
             

"Would you be more likely or less likely to support a political candidate who voted IN FAVOR OF expanding background checks on gun buyers?"

 
    More likely Less likely No difference
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/20-22/13

68 20 10 3  
             

"Would you be more likely or less likely to support a political candidate who voted AGAINST expanding background checks on gun buyers?"

 
    More likely Less likely No difference
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/20-22/13

23 61 12 5  

 

AP-GfK Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications. April 11-15, 2013. N=1,004 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.9.

             

"Should gun laws in the United States be made more strict, less strict or remain as they are?"

 
    More strict Less strict Remain as
they are
Unsure Refused
    % % % % %
 

4/11-15/13

49 10 38 1 1
 

1/10-14/13

58 5 35 2 -
             

"What do you think the President and Congress should do about gun control? Do you think they should keep working to pass the changes to the nation's gun laws that are currently being negotiated, scrap the current negotiations and start over from scratch, or leave the nation's gun laws as they are now?"

 
    Keep working
on current
changes
Start
over
Leave laws
as they are
Unsure Refused
    % % % % %
 

4/11-15/13

38 20 39 3 1
             

"If President Obama and the Democrats in Congress are unable to win support from Republicans in Congress to pass changes to the nation's gun laws, what should they do? Should they stop trying to pass changes to the nation's gun laws, or keep trying until they are able to make a deal with the Republicans?"

 
    Stop trying Keep trying Unsure Refused  
    % % % %  
 

4/11-15/13

41 56 2 1  

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. April 11-14, 2013. N=1,003 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Do you think new gun control laws always interfere with the right to own guns, or do you think it's possible to make new gun control laws without interfering with gun rights?" Options rotated

 
    Always
interfere
Possible to
not interfere
No right to
own guns
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/11-14/13

38 55 1 6  
             

"Which do you think should be a higher priority right now: enacting new laws to try to reduce gun violence, or protecting the right to own guns?" Options rotated

 
    Trying to
reduce gun
violence
Protecting
right to
own guns
Both
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

4/11-14/13

52 40 3 2 3
             

"Would you support or oppose a law requiring a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/11-14/13

56 42 2    
 

3/7-10/13

57 41 2    
 

1/10-13/13

58 39 3    
 

4/22/07

67 30 3    
 

5/00

71 27 2    
 

8/30 - 9/2/99

77 22 1    
 

5/99

79 19 2    
 

6/94

80 18 2    
             

"Would you support or oppose a law requiring a nationwide ban on high-capacity ammunition clips, meaning those containing more than 10 bullets?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/11-14/13

56 41 3    
 

1/10-13/13

65 32 3    
 

12/14-16/12

59 38 2    
 

1/13-16/11

57 39 3    
             

"Would you support or oppose a law requiring background checks on people buying guns at gun shows or online?"
3/13 & earlier: "Would you support or oppose a law requiring background checks on people buying guns at gun shows?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/11-14/13

86 13 1    
 
 

3/7-10/13

91 8 1    
 

1/10-13/13

88 11 1    
 

5/00

92 6 2    
 

8/30 - 9/2/99

90 9 1    
 

5/99

89 11 -    
             

"Say someone legally sells a gun that later is used in a crime. Do you think the crime victim should or should not be able to sue the gun seller for damages?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/11-14/13

24 72 4    
             

"Do you or does anyone in your house own a gun, or not?"

 
    Yes No      
    % %      
 

4/11-14/13

43 55      
 

3/7-10/13

42 57      
 

1/10-13/13

44 56      
 

1/13-16/11

44 55      
 

4/21-24/09

41 58      
 

6/12-15/08

42 58      
 

4/22/07

45 55      
 

10/5-8/06

42 58      
 

10/02

41 59      
 

5/00

45 55      
 

4/00

43 56      
 

9/99

44 56      
 

5/99

46 53      
             

"Do you think having a gun in the house makes it a safer place to be or a more dangerous place to be?" Options rotated

 
    Safer More
dangerous
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/11-14/13

51 29 16 4  
             

"Have you, or any close personal friends or relatives of yours, ever been a victim of a crime involving a gun, or not?"

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/11-14/13

30 69 1    
             

"If you agreed with a political candidate on other issues, but not on the issue of gun control, could you still vote for that candidate, or not?"

 
    Could Could not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/11-14/13

60 29 11    
 

4/07

60 31 9    

 

CNN/ORC Poll. April 5-7, 2013. N=1,012 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Some proposals would require a background check on anyone attempting to purchase a gun in order to determine whether the prospective buyer has been convicted of a felony or has a mental health problem. Please tell me whether you would favor or oppose a background check for a prospective gun buyer under each of the following circumstances. [See below.]"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"If the buyer is trying to purchase a gun from a gun store or other business that sells guns"

 

4/5-7/13

89 11 -    
 

1/14-15/13

92 7 -    
             
 

"If the buyer is trying to purchase a gun at a gun show"

 

4/5-7/13

83 17 -    
 

1/14-15/13

87 13 -    
             
 

"If the buyer is trying to purchase a gun from another person who is not a gun dealer but owns one or more guns and wants to sell one of them"

 

4/5-7/13

70 29 1    
 

1/14-15/13

75 25 1    
             
 

"If the buyer is purchasing a gun from a family member or receiving it as a gift"

 

4/5-7/13

54 45 1    
             

"Please tell me whether you would generally favor or oppose each of the following proposals which some people have made to reduce the amount of gun violence. [See below.]"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"A ban on the manufacture, sale and possession of so-called assault rifles, capable of semi-automatic fire, such as the AR-15"

 

4/5-7/13

51 48 1    
             
 

"A ban on the sale and possession of equipment known as high-capacity or extended ammunition magazines, which allow some guns to shoot more than 10 bullets before they need to be reloaded"

 

4/5-7/13

53 46 1    
             
 

"Requiring gun owners to register with the state or local government and provide a set of fingerprints"

 

4/5-7/13

66 33 -    
 

"As you may know, gun stores are currently required to keep a record of all guns that they sell and provide those records to law enforcement agencies if asked, but that requirement does not apply to other gun purchases. Do you think that all gun owners who sell guns directly to other people should or should not be required to keep a record of those gun sales?"

 
    Should Should not      
    % %      
 

4/5-7/13

81 19      
             

"Would you favor or oppose a proposal to put armed guards in every school in the country?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/5-7/13

53 46 1    
 

1/14-15/13

54 45 1    
             

"Do you think the federal government should or should not use the information from background checks to create a national list of people who own guns and the kind of guns they own?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/5-7/13

44 55 1    
             

"If the federal government does create a national list of people who own guns, do you think the government would use that information to take guns away from people who own them?"

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/5-7/13

66 32 2    
             

"Please tell me whether you would favor or oppose a background check for anyone who wants to buy ammunition for a gun."

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/5-7/13

55 44 1    
             

"Would you favor or oppose a proposal to require all households in your community to have a gun?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/5-7/13

27 72 1    
             

"Did you have to undergo a background check in order to purchase any of your guns, or not?" N=312 gun owners, margin of error 5.5.

 
    Gun owners      
    Yes No      
    % %      
 

4/5-7/13

54 46      
             

"Did you have to undergo a background check in order to purchase any of your guns, or not?" If yes: "Now I'd like to ask you about the steps you had to take to go through a background check rather than the policy that requires background checks. In general, would you describe the process of going through a background check as a positive experience, a negative experience, or something that you had no feelings about one way or the other?" Combined responses. N=153 gun owners who underwent a background check, margin of error 8.

 
    Gun owners who underwent a background check     
    Positive Negative No feelings    
    % % %    
 

4/5-7/13

34 8 59    
             

"Do you feel the federal government is trying to take away your right to own a gun, or don't you feel that way?" N=447 respondents in households with a gun, margin of error 4.5.

 
    In households with a gun    
    Trying to take away right
to own a gun
Don't feel
that way
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/5-7/13

62 37 1    
 

1/14-15/13

53 47 -    

 

Quinnipiac University. March 26-April 1, 2013. N=1,711 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.4.

             

"Do you support or oppose stricter gun control laws in the United States?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/26 - 4/1/13

53 42 4    
 

Republicans

29 67 4    
 

Democrats

78 19 3    
 

Independents

52 44 5    
 

Men

45 51 4    
 

Women

61 35 5    
 
 

2/27 - 3/4/13

51 42 7    
 

Republicans

24 68 8    
 

Democrats

79 17 4    
 

Independents

46 48 6    
 
 

1/30 - 2/4/13

52 43 5    
 

7/8-13/08

54 40 5    
             

"Do you support or oppose a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/26 - 4/1/13

59 36 4    
 

2/27 - 3/4/13

54 41 6    
 

1/30 - 2/4/13

56 39 5    
             

"Do you support or oppose a nationwide ban on the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 bullets?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/26 - 4/1/13

58 38 4    
 

2/27 - 3/4/13

54 42 5    
 

1/30 - 2/4/13

56 40 4    
             

"Do you support or oppose requiring background checks for all gun buyers?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/26 - 4/1/13

91 8 1    
 

2/27 - 3/4/13

88 10 2    
 

1/30 - 2/4/13

92 7 1    
             

"Do you believe that if there are background checks for all gun purchases the government will or will not use that information in the future to confiscate legally-owned guns?"

 
    Will Will not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/26 - 4/1/13

48 38 14    

 

Morning Joe/Marist Poll. March 25-27, 2013. N=1,219 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.8.

             

"Do you think it is more important to protect gun rights or control gun violence?"

 
    Protect
gun rights
Control
gun violence
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/25-27/13

44 53 3    
             

"Do you think the laws covering the sale of firearms should be more strict, less strict, or kept as they are now?"

 
    More
strict
Less
strict
Kept as
they are
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/25-27/13

60 5 33 2  
             

"Do you support or oppose legislation that would ban the sale of assault weapons?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

59 37 4    
 

Gun owners

45 51 4    
             

"Do you support or oppose legislation that would require background checks for private gun sales and sales at gun shows?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

87 12 1    
 

Gun owners

83 17 1    

 

Fox News Poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). March 17-19, 2013. N=1,002 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Turning now to gun control: Which one of the following do you think is most likely to reduce gun violence? Stricter gun control laws for everyone. Better mental health services. Better parenting."

 
    Stricter gun
control laws
Better mental
health services
Better
parenting
All (vol.) Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/17-19/13

26 24 37 9 5
             

"Do you favor or oppose each of the following proposals to reduce gun violence? . . ."

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"Requiring criminal background checks on all gun buyers, including those buying at gun shows and private sales"

 

3/17-19/13

85 13 1    
 

1/15-17/13

91 8 1    
             
 

"Requiring mental health checks on all gun buyers"

 

3/17-19/13

72 25 3    
 

1/15-17/13

83 15 2    
             
 

"Requiring criminal background checks on anyone buying bullets and ammunition"

 

3/17-19/13

70 28 2    
 

1/15-17/13

80 19 1    
             
 

"Banning high-capacity ammunition clips that can shoot dozens of bullets without stopping to reload"

 

3/17-19/13

54 43 3    
 

1/15-17/13

56 38 6    
             
 

"Putting armed guards in schools for protection"

 

3/17-19/13

51 45 4    
 

1/15-17/13

60 36 4    
             
 

"Banning assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons"

 

3/17-19/13

51 47 2    
 

1/15-17/13

54 42 3    

 

CNN/ORC Poll. March 15-17, 2013. N=1,021 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Which of the following statements comes closest to your view? There should be no restrictions on owning guns. There should be some restrictions on owning guns. All guns should be illegal for everyone except police and authorized personnel."

 
    No
restrictions
Some
restrictions
Illegal Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/15-17/13

17 70 12 -  
 

12/17-18/12

13 71 15 -  
 

8/7-8/12

13 76 10 -  
 

1/14-16/11

14 71 14 1  
 

6/26-28/09

14 71 15 -  
             

"Which of the following statements comes closest to your view? There should be no restrictions on owning guns. There should be some restrictions on owning guns. All guns should be illegal for everyone except police and authorized personnel." If some restrictions: "Do you think there should be major restrictions on owning guns or only minor restrictions?" Combined responses.

 
    No
restrictions
Minor
restrictions
Major
restrictions
Illegal Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/15-17/13

17 38 31 12 2
 

12/17-18/12

13 33 37 15 2
 

8/7-8/12

13 37 38 10 1
 

1/14-16/11

14 36 34 14 2
 

6/26-28/09

14 36 34 15 1

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. March 7-10, 2013. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Who do you trust to do a better job handling the issue of gun control: Obama or the Republicans in Congress?" Options rotated

 
    Obama Republicans
in Congress
Both (vol) Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/7-10/13

42 41 1 10 6
             

"Do you favor or oppose stricter gun control laws in this country?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/7-10/13

52 45 3    
 

12/14-16/12

54 43 3    
 

7/25 - 8/5/12

51 47 2    
 

1/13-16/11

52 45 3    
 

4/21-24/09

51 48 1    
 

4/22/07

61 36 3    
 

10/06

61 37 2    
 

5/02

57 37 6    
 

1/01

59 39 2    
 

5/00

67 30 3    
 

4/00

64 34 2    
 

9/99

63 35 2    
 

8/99

63 34 3    
 

5/99

67 31 1    
             

"Would you support or oppose a law requiring placing an armed guard in every school in the country?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/7-10/13

50 48 3    
 

1/10-13/13

55 42 2    
             

"Would you support or oppose a law making illegal gun sales a federal crime?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/7-10/13

82 15 3    

 

Pew Research Center/USA Today. Feb. 13-18, 2013. N=1,504 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.9.

             

"And thinking about these same issues, who do you think has the better approach to dealing with gun policies: Barack Obama or Republicans in Congress?"

 
    Obama Republicans
in Congress
Same/No
difference
(vol.)
Neither/
Other (vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

2/13-18/13

45 39 1 6 8
             

"Please tell me if you would favor or oppose the following proposals about gun policy. First, [see below]?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 
 

"A ban on high-capacity ammunition clips that hold more than 10 bullets"

 

2/13-18/13

53 44 3    
 

1/9-13/13

54 42 4    

 

CBS News Poll. Feb. 6-10, 2013. N=1,148 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"As you may know, high-capacity magazines or clips can hold many rounds of ammunition, so a shooter can fire more rounds without manually reloading. Would you favor or oppose a nationwide ban on the sale of high-capacity magazines that hold many rounds of ammunition?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

2/6-10/13

59 38 3    
 

Republicans

37 60 3    
 

Democrats

78 21 1    
 

Independents

57 38 4    
 
 

1/11-15/13

63 34 3    
 

1/15-19/11

63 34 3    
             

"How much do you think more police or armed security guards would do to help prevent mass shootings in public places such as schools, movie theaters, and malls? Would more police or armed security guards help a lot, some, not much or not at all?"

 
    A lot Some Not much Not at all Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

2/6-10/13

36 39 17 7 1
 

1/11-15/13

35 39 17 8 1

 

Quinnipiac University. Jan. 30-Feb. 4, 2013. N=1,772 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.3.

             

"Do you support or oppose a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

56 39 5    
 

Republicans

39 55 7    
 

Democrats

81 16 3    
 

Independents

50 46 4    
             

"Do you support or oppose a nationwide ban on the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 bullets?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

56 40 4    
 

Republicans

37 58 6    
 

Democrats

77 20 4    
 

Independents

55 42 3    
             

"Do you support or oppose requiring background checks for all gun buyers?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

92 7 1    
 

Republicans

89 9 2    
 

Democrats

96 3 1    
 

Independents

92 7 1    
             

"If a member of Congress who represents your district were to vote for a ban on the sale of assault weapons, would you be more likely to vote for that person, less likely to vote for that person, or wouldn't it make a difference?"

 
    More likely Less likely No difference Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

ALL

37 31 30 3  
 

Republicans

19 48 29 4  
 

Democrats

61 11 26 2  
 

Independents

30 33 34 2  
             

"Who do you think better reflects your views on guns: President Obama or the National Rifle Association?"

 
    Obama NRA Both (vol.) Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/30 - 2/4/13

43 46 1 5 5

 

University of Connecticut/Hartford Courant Poll. Jan. 22-28, 2013. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"In general, do you feel that the laws covering the sale of firearms should be made more strict, less strict, or kept as they are now?"

 
    More strict Less strict Kept as
they are
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/22-28/13

50 8 38 4  
             

"Please tell me if you would favor or oppose the following proposals made as ways to control gun violence. . . ."

 
    Strongly
favor
Somewhat
favor
Somewhat
oppose
Strongly
oppose
Neither
(vol.)/Unsure
    % % % % %
 
 

"Banning military style assault weapons"

 

1/22-28/13

48 9 11 26 6
             
 

"Banning ammunition clips that can hold more than 10 bullets"

 

1/22-28/13

42 11 10 31 6
             
 

"A law which would require background checks before people -- including gun dealers -- could buy guns at gun shows"

 

1/22-28/13

69 15 5 9 3
             
 

"A law to prevent people with mental illness from purchasing guns"

 

1/22-28/13

67 11 5 9 7
             
 

"Creating a federal government database to track all gun sales"

 

1/22-28/13

44 15 9 27 5
 

"Thinking about the elementary school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, last month -- would you say this incident has made you more likely to support some forms of gun control, less likely to support some forms of gun control, or made no difference in your opinion on gun control?"

 
    Much
more likely
Somewhat
more likely
Somewhat
less likely
Much
less likely
No
difference
    % % % % %
 

1/22-28/13

33 11 3 7 44
             

"How worried are you, if at all, that a mass shooting could happen in a school in your community? Is that something that worries you a great deal, somewhat, not so much or not at all?"

 
    A great deal Somewhat Not so much Not at all Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/22-28/13

22 34 26 16 1
             

"Which of these do you think would do more to reduce gun violence in schools: having stricter gun control laws or armed guards in schools?"

 
    Stricter
laws
Armed
guards
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/22-28/13

42 43 11 4  
             

"Next, do you think each of the following would be very effective, somewhat effective, not very effective or not effective at all in preventing mass shootings at schools, like the one that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut? How about . . . ?"

 
    Very
effective
Somewhat
effective
Not very
effective
Not effective
at all
Unsure
    % % % % %
 
 

"Increasing the police presence at schools"

 

1/22-28/13

39 40 11 7 2
             
 

"Increased government spending on mental health screening and treatment"

 

1/22-28/13

42 34 10 11 3
             
 

"Decreasing the depiction of gun violence on television and in movies"

 

1/22-28/13

35 34 14 15 2
             
 

"Stricter gun control legislation"

 

1/22-28/13

35 25 11 26 3
             
 

"Decreasing the depiction of gun violence in video games"

 

1/22-28/13

43 28 12 15 2
             
 

"More teachers and school officials having guns in schools"

 

1/22-28/13

19 20 17 41 2
             
 

"Making physical changes, like adding bulletproof glass, to school buildings"

 

1/22-28/13

22 32 20 24 3
             
 

"Restricting public access to school buildings during the school day"

 

1/22-28/13

46 36 7 9 2

 

Gallup Poll. Jan. 19-20, 2013. N=1,013 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Next, suppose that on Election Day you could vote on key issues as well as candidates. Would you vote for or against a law that would [see below]?"

 
    Vote for Vote against Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"Require criminal background checks for all gun sales"

 

1/19-20/13

91 8 2    
             
 

"Increase government spending for mental health programs for young people"

 

1/19-20/13

82 15 3    
             
 

"Increase government spending for training police officers, first responders and school officials on how to respond to active armed attacks"

 

1/19-20/13

79 19 2    
             
 

"Increase criminal penalties for people who pass the required background check but who buy a gun for someone who has not passed a background check"

 

1/19-20/13

75 23 2    
             
 

"Spend $4 billion of federal government money to help keep 15,000 police officers on the street"

 

1/19-20/13

70 24 6    
             
 

"Spend $30 million of federal government money to help schools develop emergency response plans"

 

1/19-20/13

69 27 4    
             
 

"Ban the possession of armor-piercing bullets by anyone other than members of the military and law enforcement"

 

1/19-20/13

67 30 3    
             
 

"Reinstate and strengthen the ban on assault weapons that was in place from 1994 to 2004"

 

1/19-20/13

60 35 5    
             
 

"Limit the sale of ammunition magazines to those with 10 rounds or less"

 

1/19-20/13

54 43 3    
 

"If you had to choose, which approach to preventing future school shootings should the president and Congress focus on: making major changes to the laws on the sale of guns and ammunition, or making major changes to school security measures and the mental health system?" Options rotated

 
    Laws on
sale of gun,
ammunition
School
security,
mental health
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/19-20/13

30 65 6    

 

Pew Research Center. Jan. 18-20, 2013. N=744 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.3.

             

"From what you've read and heard, do you think Barack Obama's proposals on guns go too far, not far enough or are about right in addressing the nation's gun laws?"

 
    Too far Not far
enough
About
right
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

1/18-20/13

31 13 39 17  

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Jan. 16-20, 2013. N=1,033 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of Barack Obama's proposals for stricter gun control?"

 
    Favorable Unfavorable Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/16-20/13

53 41 6    

 

Public Religion Research Institute. Jan. 16-20, 2013. N=1,033 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Now, I'd like to get your views on some issues that are being discussed in the country today. All in all, do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose passing stricter gun control laws?"

 
    Strongly
favor
Favor Oppose Strongly
oppose
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

1/16-20/13

36 24 14 23 3
 

8/8-12/12

30 22 21 23 3
             

"What about stricter enforcement of existing gun control laws?"

 
    Strongly
favor
Favor Oppose Strongly
oppose
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

1/16-20/13

45 27 12 13 3
 

8/8-12/12

37 30 15 16 3
             

"What about loosening current gun control laws?"

 
    Strongly
favor
Favor Oppose Strongly
oppose
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

1/16-20/13

10 13 32 39 5
 

8/8-12/12

12 14 33 36 5
             

"All in all, would you say your overall opinion of the NRA or National Rifle Association is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly UNfavorable, or very unfavorable? "

 
    Very
favorable
Mostly
favorable
Mostly
unfavorable
Very
unfavorable
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

1/16-20/13

18 39 17 19 7
             

"What do you think is the most important thing that could be done to prevent mass shootings from occurring in the United States? Stricter gun control laws and enforcement. Better mental health screening and support. Stricter security measures for public gatherings. Allow more private citizens to carry guns for protection. Put more emphasis on God and morality in school and society." Options rotated

 
      1/16-20/13 8/8-12/12    
      % %    
 

Mental health screening, support

30 22    
 

Gun control laws, enforcement

25 27    
 

God and morality

20 20    
 

Security for public gatherings

11 14    
 

More citizens carrying guns

9 11    
 

Other (vol.)

3 3    
 

Unsure/Refused

2 3    

 

Gallup Poll. Jan. 17, 2013. N=1,021 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"As you may know, yesterday President Obama proposed a set of new laws designed to reduce gun violence in the United States. From what you know or have read about this, would you want your representative in Congress to vote for or against these proposed new laws?"

 
    Vote for Vote
against
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/17/13

53 41 7    

 

Fox News Poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). Jan. 15-17, 2013. N=1,008 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"I'm going to read you the names of several groups and individuals. Please tell me whether you have a generally favorable or unfavorable opinion of each. If you've never heard of one, please just say so. The National Rifle Association."

 
    Favorable Unfavorable Can't say
(vol.)
Never
heard of
 
    % % % %  
 

1/15-17/13

56 33 7 4  
 

3/22-23/00

43 35 22 -  
             

"Do you think tougher gun laws can help stop things like the Newtown school shooting, or do you think the people who commit these kinds of acts will always find the guns to commit violent acts?"

 
    Tougher laws
can help
Will always
find guns
Mixed
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/15-17/13

22 71 5 1  
             

"Would there be less violent crime in the United States if guns were banned or more law-abiding people had guns?" Options rotated

 
    Guns were
banned
More law-
abiding
gun-owners
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/15-17/13

28 58 15    
             

"Do you favor or oppose each of the following proposals to reduce gun violence? . . ." Each asked of half the sample, margin of error 4

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"Providing services for mentally ill people who show violent tendencies"

 

1/15-17/13

89 9 2    
             
 

"Improving enforcement of existing gun laws"

 

1/15-17/13

86 12 3    
             
 

"Reducing access to violent movies and video games"

 

1/15-17/13

52 43 5    
             
 

"Allowing teachers and school officials to carry guns on school grounds"

 

1/15-17/13

42 52 6    
 

"Does anyone in your household own a gun?"

 
    Yes No Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

1/15-17/13

52 44 5    
             
 

"If the government passed a law to take your guns, would you give up your guns or defy the law and keep your guns?" N=518 respondents in households with a gun, margin of error 4

 
    In households with a gun    
    Give up
guns
Defy the
law
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/15-17/13

22 65 13    

 

CNN/Time/ORC Poll. Jan. 14-15, 2013. N=814 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Do you think having stricter gun control laws would reduce the amount of violence in the country, or not?"

 
    Would
reduce
Would not
reduce
     
    % %      
 

1/14-15/13

39 61      
             

"Which of the following do you think is the primary cause of gun violence in America: the availability of guns, the way parents raise their children, or the influences of popular culture such as movies, television and the Internet?"

 
    Availability
of guns
Way parents
raise kids
Popular
culture
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/14-15/13

23 37 37 3  
             

"Please tell me whether you would generally favor or oppose each of the following proposals which some people have made to reduce the amount of gun violence. . . ."

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"A ban on the manufacture, sale and possession of semi-automatic assault guns, such as the AK-47"

 

1/14-15/13

56 44 1    
 

12/17-18/12

62 37 1    
 

8/7-8/12

57 42 1    
             
 

"A ban on the sale and possession of equipment known as high-capacity or extended ammunition clips, which allow some guns to shoot more than 10 bullets before they need to be reloaded"

 

1/14-15/13

58 41 1    
 

12/17-18/12

62 37 1    
 

8/7-8/12

60 40 1    
             
 

"Requiring gun owners to register their guns with the local government"

 

1/14-15/13

69 31 -    
 

12/17-18/12

78 22 -    
 

8/7-8/12

76 23 1    
             
 

"Restricting the amount of ammunition or the kind of ammunition that gun owners can purchase"

 

1/14-15/13

52 48 1    
 

"Which of the following would do more to reduce the amount of gun violence in our nation's schools: proposals to enact stricter gun control laws, or proposals to put armed guards in every school in the country?"

 
    Stricter
gun laws
Armed
guards
Both
equally (vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/14-15/13

40 47 4 9 1
             

"In your view, do existing laws make it too easy for people to buy guns, too difficult, or are they about right?"

 
    Too easy Too difficult About right Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/14-15/13

56 3 40 1  
             

"Overall, do you agree or disagree with the positions of the National Rifle Association?"

 
    Agree Disagree Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/14-15/13

48 42 10    
             

"Thinking about how the gun issue might affect your vote for major offices, would you only vote for a candidate who shares your views on gun control, or would you consider a candidate's position on gun control as just one of many important factors when voting, or would you not consider gun control a major issue?"

 
    Only if
shares views
One of
many factors
Not a major
issue
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/14-15/13

19 62 18 1  
             

"Do you have these guns primarily to protect yourself from crime, primarily for sporting reasons, or for some other reason?" N=406 respondents in households with a gun, margin of error 5

 
    In households with a gun
    Protection
from crime
Sporting
reasons
Some other
reason
Mixed (vol.) Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/14-15/13

32 41 8 18 2

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Jan. 11-15, 2013. N=1,110 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you favor or oppose a federal law requiring a nationwide ban on people other than law enforcement officers carrying concealed weapons?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

1/11-15/13

32 65 3    
             

"Do you favor or oppose creating a national database that would track all gun sales in the United States?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

1/11-15/13

78 20 2    
             

"In general, how much do you think the depiction of violence in popular culture, such as movies and video games, contributes to gun violence in the U.S.? Would you say it contributes a lot, some, not much, or not at all?"

 
    A lot Some Not much Not at all Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

1/11-15/13

39 36 16 7 1

 

AP-GfK Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications. Jan. 10-14, 2013. N=1,004 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"How important are the following issues to you personally: not at all important, slightly important, moderately important, very important or extremely important? How about gun control?"

 
    Not at all
important
Slightly
important
Moderately
important
Very
important
Extremely
important
    % % % % %
 

1/10-14/13

9 8 18 27 36
             

"Who do you trust to do a better job of handling gun laws: the Democrats or the Republicans?" Options rotated

 
    Democrats Republicans Neither
(vol.)
Unsure Refused
    % % % % %
 

1/10-14/13

40 34 16 9 1
             

"Do you think that laws limiting gun ownership infringe on the public's right to bear arms under the second amendment to the U.S. Constitution, or do you think they do not infringe on the public's right to bear arms?"

 
    Infringe Do not
infringe
Unsure Refused  
    % % % %  
 

1/10-14/13

51 41 8 1  
 

8/16-20/12

49 43 7 1  
 

8/18-22/11

49 46 4 -  
 

8/11-16/10

51 45 4 -  
 

9/3-8/09

55 40 5 1  
             

"Please tell me if you favor, oppose or neither favor nor oppose each of the following policies. Here's the first/next one: [See below.] Do you favor, oppose, or neither favor nor oppose that policy?"

 
    Favor Oppose Neither Unsure Refused
    % % % % %
 
 

"A nationwide ban on the sale of military-style, rapid-fire guns"

 

1/10-14/13

55 34 8 2 -
             
 

"Establish a federal standard requiring background checks for those trying to buy guns at a gun show"

 

1/10-14/13

84 12 4 1 -
             
 

"A nationwide ban on the sale of high-capacity magazines, those which hold 10 or more bullets"

 

1/10-14/13

51 37 10 2 1
             
 

"Limits on the amount and type of gun violence that can be portrayed in video games, in movies or on television"

 

1/10-14/13

54 29 14 2 -

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Jan. 10-13, 2013. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Would you support or oppose a law requiring a nationwide ban on semi-automatic handguns, which automatically re-load every time the trigger is pulled?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/10-13/13

51 46 4    
 

12/14-16/12

52 44 3    
 

1/13-16/11

48 50 2    
 

4/22/07

55 41 3    
             

"Which of these do you think would do more to reduce gun violence in schools: having stricter gun control laws or armed guards in schools?" Options rotated

 
    Stricter
laws
Armed
guards
Both equally
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/10-13/13

43 41 6 8 2
             

"For each item I name, please tell me how much, if at all, you think it contributes to gun violence in this country: a great deal, somewhat, not so much or not at all. . . ."

 
    A great
deal
Somewhat Not so
much
Not at all Unsure
    % % % % %
 
 

"The availability of semi-automatic handguns"

 

1/10-13/13

41 29 13 16 1
             
 

"The availability of assault weapons"

 

1/10-13/13

45 28 11 15 1
             
 

"The availability of high-capacity ammunition clips"

 

1/10-13/13

42 28 11 17 2
             
 

"Inadequate background checks before guns are sold"

 

1/10-13/13

56 27 9 7 2
             
 

"Violence in TV programs, movies and video games"

 

1/10-13/13

38 34 13 15 1
             
 

"Inadequate treatment of mentally ill people"

 

1/10-13/13

56 30 7 5 2
             
 

"Lack of individual responsibility by gun owners"

 

1/10-13/13

53 30 7 8 1
             

"Do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of the leadership of the National Rifle Association?"

 
    Favorable Unfavorable Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/10-13/13

36 44 20    
             

"Thinking about the elementary school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, last month -- would you say this incident has made you more likely to support some forms of gun control, less likely to support some forms of gun control, or made no difference in your opinion on gun control?"

 
    More likely Less likely No
difference
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/10-13/13

52 5 42 1  
             

"How worried are you, if at all, that a mass shooting could happen in your community? Is that something that worries you a great deal, somewhat, not so much or not at all?"

 
    A great
deal
Somewhat Not so
much
Not at all  
    % % % %  
 

1/10-13/13

24 31 24 21  

 

United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Jan. 10-13, 2013. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.7.

             

"What do you think is more important: to protect the right of Americans to own guns, OR to control gun ownership?"

 
    Protect right
to own guns
Control gun
ownership
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

1/10-13/13

45 51 5    
             

"Please tell me if you would favor or oppose the following proposals. . . ."

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 
 

"Banning semi-automatic guns, which automatically reload when the trigger is pulled"

 

1/10-13/13

46 51 2    
             
 

"Banning the possession of handguns except by law enforcement officers"

 

1/10-13/13

28 70 2    
             
 

"Banning high-capacity ammunition clips that can hold more than 10 bullets"

 

1/10-13/13

56 41 2    
             
 

"Banning bullets that explode or are designed to penetrate bullet-proof vests"

 

1/10-13/13

58 39 3    

 

Pew Research Center. Jan. 9-13, 2013. N=1,502 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.9.

             

"Which party could do a better job of reflecting your views about gun control?"
12/12: "Please tell me if you think the Republican Party or the Democratic Party could do a better job reflecting your views about gun control?"

 
    Republican
Party
Democratic
Party
Both
equally (vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

1/9-13/13

38 40 5 6 11
 

12/17-19/12

27 28 12 15 18
             

"What do you think is more important -- to protect the right of Americans to own guns, or to control gun ownership?"

 
    Protect
right to
own guns
Control
ownership
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

ALL

45 51 5    
 

Men

51 44      
 

Women

38 57      
 

Republicans

70 27      
 

Democrats

22 73      
 

Independents

49 47      
             

"Please tell me if you would favor or oppose the following proposals about gun policy. First, [see below]?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 
 

"A ban on semi-automatic weapons" N=727 (Form 1), margin of error 4.2

 

1/9-13/13

58 39 3    
             
 

"A ban on the sale of ammunition online" N=727 (Form 1), margin of error 4.2

 

1/9-13/13

53 44 3    
             
 

"Putting armed security guards or police in more schools" N=727 (Form 1), margin of error 4.2

 

1/9-13/13

64 32 4    
             
 

"Laws to prevent people with mental illness from purchasing guns" N=727 (Form 1), margin of error 4.2

 

1/9-13/13

80 16 4    
             

"Do you happen to have any guns, rifles or pistols in your home?"

 
    Yes No Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

1/9-13/13

33 61 6    
 

12/17-19/12

35 61 4    
 

2/22 - 3/1/11

37 60 4    

 

Gallup Poll. Jan. 7-10, 2013. N=1,011 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Next, we'd like to know how you feel about the state of the nation in each of the following areas. For each one, please say whether you are very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied. If you don't have enough information about a particular subject to rate it, just say so. How about the nation's laws or policies on guns?"

 
    Satisfied Dissatisfied Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/7-10/13

43 51 5    
 

1/5-8/12

50 42 8    
 

1/4-6/08

48 44 7    
 

1/15-18/07

50 43 7    
 

1/9-12/06

48 43 9    
             

"Next, we'd like to know how you feel about the state of the nation in each of the following areas. For each one, please say whether you are very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied. If you don't have enough information about a particular subject to rate it, just say so. How about the nation's laws or policies on guns?" If dissatisfied: "Would you like to see gun laws in this country made more strict, less strict, or remain as they are?" Combined responses.

 
    Satisfied Dissatisfied:
More strict
Dissatisfied:
Less strict
Dissatisfied:
Remain same
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/7-10/13

43 38 5 8 5
 

1/5-8/12

50 25 8 9 8
 

1/4-6/08

49 30 8 6 7
 

1/15-18/07

50 30 6 7 7
 

1/9-12/06

47 32 7 4 9

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Dec. 19-22, 2012. N=1,038 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"In terms of gun laws in the United States, which of the following would you prefer to see happen: enforce the current gun laws more strictly and NOT pass new gun laws, or pass new gun laws in addition to enforcing the current laws more strictly?" Options rotated

 
    Enforce laws
more strictly
Pass new
laws
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

12/19-22/12

46 47 7    
 

10/6-9/11

60 35 5    
 

10/4-7/07

58 38 4    
 

10/9-12/06

53 43 4    
 

2/8-10/02

60 38 2    
 

8/29 - 9/5/00

53 45 2    
 

4/28-30/00

51 44 5    
             

"Are you for or against a law which would make it illegal to manufacture, sell, or possess semi-automatic guns known as assault rifles?"

 
    For Against Unsure    
    % % %    
 

12/19-22/12

44 51 5    
 

10/6-9/11

43 53 5    
 

10/11-14/04

50 46 4    
             

"Please say whether you favor or oppose each of the following: A law which would require background checks before people -- including gun dealers -- could buy guns at gun shows."

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

12/19-22/12

92 7 -    
 

2/8-9/99

83 16 1    
             

"Please say whether you favor or oppose each of the following: A law which would ban the sale and possession of high-capacity ammunition clips that can contain more than 10 bullets."

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

12/19-22/12

62 35 3    

 

Pew Research Center. Dec. 17-19, 2012. N=1,219 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.4.

             

"How much, if anything, have you read or heard about a shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut: a lot, a little, or nothing at all?"

 
    A lot A little Nothing
at all
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

12/17-19/12

88 10 1 1  
             

"Do you think this shooting reflects broader problems in American society, or are things like this just the isolated acts of troubled individuals?"

 
    Broader
problems
Isolated
acts
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

12/17-19/12

44 47 8    
 

12/14-16/12

47 44 9    
             

"Do you think that gun ownership in this country does more to protect people from becoming victims of crime, or does more to put people's safety at risk?" Options rotated

 
    Protect
people
Put safety
at risk
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

12/17-19/12

48 37 16    
             

"Do you think allowing citizens to own assault weapons makes the country safer or more dangerous?" Options rotated

 
    Safer More
dangerous
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

12/17-19/12

21 65 13    
             

"Please tell me if you would favor or oppose the following proposals. . . ."

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 
 

"Banning semi-automatic guns, which automatically reload when the trigger is pulled"

 

12/17-19/12

44 49 7    
             
 

"Banning the possession of handguns except by law enforcement officers"

 

12/17-19/12

28 67 5    
             
 

"Banning high-capacity ammunition clips that can hold more than 10 bullets"

 

12/17-19/12

53 42 5    
             
 

"Banning bullets that explode or are designed to penetrate bullet-proof vests"

 

12/17-19/12

56 36 7    
             

"Do you think the National Rifle Association has too much influence, too little influence or, the right amount of influence over gun control laws in this country?"

 
    Too
much
Too
little
Right
amount
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

12/17-19/12

36 19 28 17  

 

Gallup Poll. Dec. 18, 2012. N=1,009 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Next, do you think each of the following would be a very effective, somewhat effective, or not effective approach to preventing mass shootings at schools, like the one that occurred in Connecticut last week? How about [see below]?"

 
    Very
effective
Somewhat
effective
Not
effective
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 
 

"Increasing the police presence at schools"

 

12/18/12

53 34 12 1  
             
 

"Increased government spending on mental health screening and treatment"

 

12/18/12

50 34 14 2  
             
 

"Decreasing the depiction of gun violence on television, in movies, and in video games"

 

12/18/12

47 31 20 2  
             
 

"Banning the sale of assault and semi-automatic guns"

 

12/18/12

42 21 36 1  
             
 

"Having at least one school official at every school carry a gun for the school's protection"

 

12/18/12

34 30 34 2  
             
 

"News media refusing to print or read the names of the person responsible for the shooting"

 

12/18/12

27 30 40 3  

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Dec. 17-18, 2012. N=620 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Please tell me whether you would generally favor or oppose each of the following proposals which some people have made to reduce the amount of gun violence. . . ."

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"A background check on anyone attempting to purchase a gun in order to determine whether the prospective buyer has been convicted of a felony"

 

12/17-18/12

95 5 -    
 

8/7-8/12

96 4 -    
             
 

"Preventing certain people, such as convicted felons or people with mental health problems, from owning guns"

 

12/17-18/12

92 8 1    
 

8/7-8/12

91 8 1    
             
 

"Limiting the number of guns an individual can own"

 

12/17-18/12

48 52 -    
 

8/7-8/12

45 54 1    
             

"Now here are some questions about the shootings which occurred recently in an elementary school in Connecticut. ... Which of the following statements comes closer to your overall view? Government and society can take action that will be effective in preventing shootings like the one in Connecticut from happening again. Shootings like the one in Connecticut will happen again regardless of what action is taken by government and society."

 
    Can take
effective
action
Will happen
regardless
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

12/17-18/12

46 53 2    
             

"Have the shootings in Connecticut made you more likely to support stricter gun control laws, less likely to support stricter gun control laws, or has your opinion on gun control not changed as a result of the shootings in Connecticut?"

 
    More likely Less likely No change    
    % % %    
 

12/17-18/12

43 7 50    

 

CBS News Poll. Dec. 14-16, 2012. N=620 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"How much have you heard or read about the recent shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut: a lot, some, not much, or nothing at all?"

 
    A lot Some Not much Nothing
at all
 
    % % % %  
 

12/14-16/12

69 26 3 1  
             

"Do you think that stricter gun control laws would have done a lot to prevent the violence that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, done a little, or had no effect on preventing the violence in the school in Newtown, Connecticut?"

 
    A lot A little No effect It
depends
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

12/14-16/12

26 16 50 3 5

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Dec. 14-16, 2012. N=602 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.5.

             

"Do you favor or oppose stricter gun control laws in this country?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

12/14-16/12

54 43 3    
 

Democrats

74 22      
 

Republicans

29 67      
 

Independents

52 46      
             

"Would you support or oppose a law requiring a nationwide ban on the sale of handguns, except to law enforcement officers?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

12/14-16/12

27 71 2    
 

1/13-16/11

31 67 2    
 

4/22/07

38 60 3    
 

5/00

38 59 3    
 

9/99

32 65 3    
             

"What do you think is the best way to reduce gun violence in this country: by passing stricter gun control laws, or by stricter enforcement of existing laws?" Options rotated

 
    Stricter
laws
Stricter
enforcement
Both (vol.) Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

12/14-16/12

32 49 8 7 3
 

1/13-16/11

29 57 5 7 2
 

4/21-24/09

27 61 5 4 2
 

4/22/07

29 52 9 8 1
 

4/00

33 53 7 5 2
             

"Thinking about the shooting at a Connecticut elementary school: Do you think this shooting reflects broader problems in American society, or are things like this just the isolated acts of troubled individuals?"

 
    Broader
problems
Isolated
acts
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

12/14-16/12

52 43 5    

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Aug. 7-8, 2012. N=1,010 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Please tell me whether you would generally favor or oppose each of the following proposals which some people have made to reduce the amount of gun violence. . . ."

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"Preventing all Americans from owning guns"

 

8/7-8/12

10 89 -    

Guns continued


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